Holger Gehring Kreuzorganist



Holger Gehring was born in Bielefeld where he also got his first musical education with Kantor Herbert Wulf and others. He studied Church Music at Musikhochschule in Lübeck (organ with Martin Haselböck, harpsichord with Hans-Jürgen Schnoor) and Stuttgart (organ and harpsichord with Jon Laukvik). Later he studied organ with Daniel Roth at Musikhochschule Frankfurt and afterwards concert class for organ with Ludger Lohmann at Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He also studied at Schola Cantorum in Basel with Jesper Christensen harpsichord, thorough bass and ensemble for ancient music. He took part in masterclasses with Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Andrea Marcon und Michael Radulescu. He is prize winner of several national and international organ competitions for organ literature and improvisation.

After working as a church musician at Friedenskirche Ludwigsburg and as assistent of the church music director for Württemberg he was director of music of Stadtkirche Bad Hersfeld. He was also teaching at Kirchenmusikalische Fortbildungsstätte Schlüchtern and organ revisor of Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck.

In 2004 he was appointed as Kreuzorganist at Kreuzkirche Dresden, in 2005 he also became organ revisor of Evangelisch-Lutherische Landeskirche Sachsen. He is teaching organ literature and organ improvisation, thorough bass and historical performance practice at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig and Dresden, at Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden and for Dresdner Kreuzchor. He is also artistic director of the organ recital series at the Silbermannorgan of Reinhardtsgrimma and giving masterclasses. Publications about organ playing and organ building, CD-broadcast- and TV-recordings can be found. He is working together with famous ensembles like Dresdner Philharmonie or the musicians of Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and accompagning the Kreuzchor during international concert tours. He is travelling as a soloist on the organ and on the harpsichord through several countries.